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"I had the advantage of enough time passing that I didn't feel any psychic weight of responsibility to expectations," she says. She brought in multi-instrumentalists Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, percussionist Dean Stone and Beck's keyboardist, Brian LeBarton, to fine-tune arrangements; in February, everyone headed to Big Sur, where they recorded for two and a half weeks with Björk collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson. "We tried to record The Reminder live, but there ended up being a lot of overdubs and enhancing," Feist says. "This time, we had the arrangements completely done by the time we were in front of microphones."
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